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Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Days

Saturday, June 11, 2022
The Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum will celebrate the lives of Major Gordon W. “Pawnee Bill"” Lillie, his wife May Lillie, and their famous Wild West Shows with a one-day festival on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Pawnee Bill's Wild West Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the original historic ranch site. Stagecoaches will roll amid thundering horse hooves while the lightning of gunfire explodes around Pawnee Bill, May, and their cohorts as the talented performers thrill and amaze audiences. This one-day celebration will feature exhibitions of acts from the original Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show.

Kevin Webb will portray Pawnee Bill for the 14th time. Webb, a long-time Wild West Show cast member and Pawnee Bill Ranch employee, is also a whip artist and chariot racer. Alyce Webb will portray May Lillie for the 4th time, performing her act on horseback. The Mike Pahsetopah family will perform as the Dancing Eagles, paying tribute to American Indian culture with their stunning Native dancing. Show cowboys and cowgirls will be back again this year to demonstrate their skills with reckless feats of horsemanship and entertaining races.

The museum will be open to the public during the festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food from local food trucks will be available for purchase on-site. There will be historically accurate entertainment such as blacksmithing, chuckwagon cooking, gunfighters and sharpshooters, a magician, medicine man shows, and musicians held continuously on the ranch grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble the Bison will be available for photos from 11 a.m. until noon.

Admission is free, so please join us in celebrating Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show and experience some of the best of historic western entertainment. For more information, please call 918-762-2513 or email pawneebill@history.ok.gov.

Schedule and Activities

*Events and times are subject to change without notice

On the Hill
11 a.m. to noon – See Rumble, the Oklahoma City Thunder mascot
Noon – Magician (next to the blacksmith shop)
12:20 p.m. –  Medicine Show (next to the blacksmith shop)
12:40 p.m. –  Gunfights at the cabin
1 p.m. –  Magician (next to the blacksmith shop)
1:20 p.m. –  Medicine Show (next to blacksmith shop)
1:40 p.m. –  Native dancing and storytelling (on the museum lawn)
2:20 p.m. –  Gunfights at the cabin
2:40 p.m. –  Magician (next to blacksmith shop)
3 p.m. –  Medicine Show (next to blacksmith shop)
3:20 p.m. –  Gunfights at the cabin
3:40 p.m. –  Native dancing and storytelling (on the museum lawn)

Wild West Show Area
1 to 4:30 p.m. – Enjoy Wild West demonstrations and activities!

Demonstrations

  • Hide racing
  • 4-H Club Horse Play Day
  • Saddling and harnessing
  • Horse races
  • Roman riding and trick riding
  • Surrey rides
  • Chariot races
  • Sidesaddle demonstrations

Activities

  • Meet and greet Pawnee Bill and May Lillie
  • Cowboy camp and stories
  • Stagecoach photos
  • Axe throwing

Other demonstrations include beekeeping, blacksmithing, leather making, musicians, Native beading, and quilting. There will also be chuck wagon cooking, yard games, and food and craft vendors on site.


  

Windy Ratchford Lattin


Dancing Eagles


Kevin Webb